MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
National emissions trading for transport and heating will start on January 1, 2021
The German Bundestag is expected to adopt the first amendment to the Fuel Emissions Trading Act (BEHG) tomorrow, Thursday. The environmental policy spokeswoman for the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, Marie-Luise Dött, and the climate protection officer of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, Anja Weisgerber, explain:
Marie-Luise Dött: “The Union stands for sustainable climate protection. That means that ecological, economic and social issues play an equally important role for us. With a price for CO2 emissions, we set incentives to invest in more climate-friendly technologies or to switch to lower-emission energy sources. This is important so that we can achieve our climate targets for 2030.
At the same time, the CDU / CSU advocates practical and low-bureaucratic protection against competitive disadvantages for our companies. This secures jobs and maintains the value chains in our country. With the moderate entry price of 25 euros per tonne of CO2 and the price path that has already been set up, we ensure planning security and prevent social imbalances. Many funding programs from the Climate Protection Program 2030 will help citizens save CO2, for example by switching to more modern heating systems. “
Anja Weisgerber: “We’re giving CO2 a moderate price and at the same time relieving the burden on people by capping the EEG surcharge and increasing the commuter allowance and housing allowance. We support the switch to climate-friendly technologies through numerous funding programs.
Germany is a pioneer and role model in climate protection. We are once again proving this with the pricing of CO2 in the heating and transport sectors. That is how we started a movement in Europe. In order to achieve the target proposed by the EU Commission of reducing CO2 emissions by 55 percent by 2030, the European Union must primarily rely on market-based instruments.
We therefore welcome the EU Commission’s announcement to expand the existing European emissions trading system to include additional sectors. The expansion to include air and maritime transport and the building and transport sectors is currently being examined. A regulation proposal will be made by June 2021. This is how our longstanding demand is being implemented. This is a great success, because this is how we are making progress with climate protection across Europe.
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